Latest Marac National Dataset
About the Marac National Dataset
A Marac (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases in a local area. It is attended by representatives of local agencies such as police and health. The meetings usually take place monthly or fortnightly, and discuss an average of 16 cases at each meeting.
There are approximately 290 Maracs across the UK. Marac data is data submitted to SafeLives, by individual Maracs, on a quarterly basis. It comprises the date of meetings held within the quarter and basic information about the cases discussed at each meeting date (e.g. total number of cases, number of cases referred by a certain agency, number of cases where the victim has a disability, etc). Each quarter the data is collated and published to create the national dataset shown below.
Latest UK Marac data
12 months 01/10/2019 to 30/09/2020
12 months 01/07/2019 to 30/06/2020
|Total number of Maracs who submitted data||291||291|
|Number of cases seen at these Maracs||109,576||105,883|
|Year-on-year change in number of cases||+8%||+6%|
|Number of children||136,614||132,692|
|Number of cases per 10,000 adult females||43||41|
|% of repeat cases seen at these Maracs||31%||31%|
|% of partner agency referrals to these Maracs||35%||35%|
|Diversity||Latest Quarter||Previous Quarter|
|% of these cases with a B&ME background||15.9%||15.6%|
|% of these cases which are LGBT||1.3%||1.3%|
|% of these cases where victim has a disability||7.0%||6.9%|
|% of these cases where the victim is a male||5.5%||5.3%|
|Young people||Latest Quarter||Previous Quarter|
|Number of cases where victims aged 16-17||1,385||1,374|
|% of cases where victims aged 16-17||1.3%||1.3%|
|Number aged 17 or below perpetrating abuse||1,097||1,103|
Data by Police Force area, region and country (England and Wales)
A summary of Marac data by Police Force area, region and country is available annually for England and Wales.
This data can be compared with the 2017/18 dataset, which was published as part of the ONS Domestic Abuse Bulletin, available here (please note that the address for this bulletin may change in the coming months). The UK wide dataset (see section above) includes data from Maracs in Scotland and Northern Ireland, however data on these Maracs is not currently included in this annual breakdown.
Five year trend analysis
For the October 2019 to September 2020 dataset we looked into trends over a five year period. This showed cases have increased each year over the five years. We also included an analysis on quarterly case changes since the first Covid-19 lockdown. Whilst the data is not suggesting a higher than usual increase in cases between April to September 2020, the case increase was more concentrated between July and September than previous years. You can read the full analysis here.
Information for Maracs
By tracking the performance of your Marac through data collection, you can identify local strengths and challenges to ensure the safety of victims of domestic abuse from all communities. Send us your completed data form every quarter and SafeLives will send you quarterly performance data about your Marac along with national data to use as a benchmark.
By submitting your data you will also be helping SafeLives to build a national picture of Maracs. This enables us to work proactively with the national Marac steering group to address common issues at a strategic level and develop policy that supports your work.
How do I submit the data?
Data can be submitted online. To get started, or find out more, email email@example.com - we are not able to accept Marac referrals, please call our Bristol office on 0117 403 3220 for assistance.